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    November 6, 2012
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clothes. put on several layers and your warmest winter coat if you're heading out the next couple of hours. there's the view from space. a few clouds. it's in the teens in the farther reaches of western maryland and into west virginia. in the dark blue areas, the 20s. it's in the 20s most of maryland, most of virginia, and the eastern shore. except right near the bay waters and the tidal potomac where temperatures are in the mid-30s right in the waters. it's going to stay cold this morning by 6:00 a.m. temperatures still in the 20s. and then by noontime by the lunch hour, we'll be in the mid-40s. sunrise in the 20s to 30s. by sunset at 5:02 we'll be down
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into the low 40s. i'll return in ten minutes with a hometown forecast. your first 4 traffic this tuesday morning. good morning, danella. >> good morning, tom. still getting information on the accident along prince william parkway at balls ford roadblocking the intersection. it is involving a tractor-trailer. for now you cannot get past that intersection. avoid it if possible. check things out on i-66 if this is your commute this morning. not bad at all. outside clear as well. here's a live look at glebe. no issues to report. if you're taking the rails, i'm check them. so far they're running with no reported delays. eun, back over to you. news 4's melissa mollet is at the live desk now with the first votes cast today in the presidential election. melissa? >> good morning. we're just a few hours into election day. already the polls are open in one part of the country. take a look at this video out of new hampshire. polls opened at midnight in two
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tiny villages there are casting the first election day votes in the nation. in the first minutes of voting, president obama and republican mitt romney each had five votes in dixville notch. in harts location, obama received three votes, romney received nine. at the live desk, melissa mollet, news 4. >> reporter: good morning, aaron. what we can expect is a very busy day at the polls. this is a presidential year. turnout is always good. we also have a hotly contested u.s. senate race, and we're one hour before the polls open. you can see we already have a small line forming here at this polling place in alexandria. are you looking to beat the crowds here this morning? >> i did beat the crowds this morning. >> reporter: you're the first in line. >> i am. been here since 4:30 this morning. >> reporter: what's your strategy? were you a little worried about what's ahead in terms of lines?
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is >> yes. i have two kids, and they're off from school today. so i had to get out early. >> reporter: and you are. you're number two in line. >> i'm thankful. >> reporter: and it's chilly out here. certainly, you're going to want to bundle up before you head out to the polls. virginia is one of those battleground states that we've heard so much about. president obama won the old dominion four years ago, but mitt romney is pushing back hard. the latest polls show president obama ahead by one point, but it's unclear exactly who is going to take virginia. that poll is well within the margin of error. really who takes the old dominion is going to depend likely on the organization? who gets out the vote? who gets out the base voters to the polls today? the other big race in virginia is the u.s. senate race. hotly contested. there are two familiar faces, two former virginia governors, democrat tim kaine and republican george allen. allen previously held the seat but lost to jim webb in 2006. webb is retiring.
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so we have, again, another hotly contested race here. advice to folks here from election officials all around the region, best advice is to come really early or come in the middle of the day. we typically see the biggest crowds, the longest lines, right as people are headed out to work and right after they return from work. so really either very early, like we're seeing right now, or 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. those are the best times to hit the polls if you're looking to avoid the long lines. reporting live from alexandria, megan mcgrath, news 4. back to you. you have the chance to decide on two ballot measures today. one issue is the amount of time the general assembly can delay the start of a veto session. if the measure passes, lawmakers can delay the start up to one week. the other involves eminent domain. the proposed amendment would allow companies to take someone's home or land only if it's for public use.
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organizations would not be allowed to take land if it plans to make money off the property, like a'shoi shopping center or parking garage. voters have big decisions to make outside the presidential election in maryland. three issues on the ballot. one of the most publicized, question 7, would allow table games in the state and a sixth casino to be built in prince george's county. no less important and potentially the most historic is question 6. it asks voters to either approve or reject the legalization of same sex marriage passed by state law plakers earlier this year. if approved, maryland would become the first state in the nation to have voters make the final call to legalize gay marriage. four other states are also casting ballots on the issue today. >> and finally, there is question 4, also known as the d.r.e.a.m. act. it would allow undocumented immigrants to get in state college tuition if they meet residency and other tax requirements.
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d.c. will vote on three home rule charter amendments. all three related to d.c. council members ethics. question 5 asks vote erds if the d.c. council should have the power to expel a member for, quote, gross misconduct. the council would have to have five-sixths majority to do so. question 6 would require anyone convicted of a felony to leave office, and that person would be banned from ever serving in office again. question 7 would apply the same penalties to the city's mayor. virginia polls open in less than an hour from now. virginiians can vote between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. you need a valid form of i.d. to cast your vote. in maryland, polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 tonight. i.d. requirements there depend on where you're voting and whether you're a first time voter. you can find out more on our website, nbcwashington.com, check out the online voting guide. check out the top right hand corner on the voting page. a week after sandy
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devastated seaside communities in new jersey, one of them is asking residents to leave again because of a coming nor'easter. brick, new jersey, issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents in low lying areas. the national weather service says that community will get more than an inch of rain and wind gusts as strong as 55 miles an hour. about 75,000 people lived there. as of last night, utility companies looking to restore power to about 12,000 residents. this morning more than 1 million people remained without power. most of the outages in new york and new jersey. so far sandy claimed at least 106 lives. 12,000 people are living in shelters across seven states. the gas shortage is still a problem, but there are some signs of progress. fuel is being shipped in. the staten island ferry and 80% of the subway systems are up and running. and the u.s. department of agriculture is sending more than 1 million pounds of food to new york.
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after this, a surprise bust. officers find more than drugs in one maryland home.
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"and what's your name?" "oh, it's flo." "and what do you do?" "oh, i sell insurance like no one else." "oh, that's nice." "thank you."
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now, that's progressive. call or click today. the dam broke yesterday afternoon in washington state and sent water rushing into neighborhoods. at least one home suffered damage. no one was hurt, though. the homeowners said, if the water was about five feet high and 160 feet wide. 5:11. time for weather and traffic on the ones. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein telling us about a very cold start. tom? >> coldest morning of the season so far. there's jefferson memorial under a partly cloudy sky. weather and traffic on the ones at 5:11 on this tuesday morning election day. we have just a few clouds passing through, but it is cold down to the 20s. most of the region. including west virginia, virginia, and maryland.
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hometown forecast, wheaton, montgomery county near freezing and sunny. by the lunch hour, a few clouds around and partly cloudy there. here is the forecast for the entire region hour by hour today. thankfully, we'll have a light wind and plenty of sunshine through the daylight hours. highs reaching the mid and upper 40s by mid to early afternoon. right back down into the low 40s. the latest on that coastal storm in ten minutes. now a look at your traffic with danella. good morning. >> good morning. still checking on the intersection of southbound prince william parkway, closed between i-66 and sudley manor drive. this is because of a crash at balls ford road. if you're trying to take prince william parkway from 66 and heading southbound, it might be best to jump on sudley to continue your commute this morning. that crash there does involve a tractor-trailer and does take time to clear up. d.c. 295 to bw parkway nice and clear. also, making the commute on the beltway in prince george's
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county, not seeing any issues there. here's a live look as you make your way past pennsylvania avenue on the inner loop and outer loop. your travel lanes are open. time is 5:12. ahead on "news 4 today," a student pilot said he's made his first and last landing. we'll show you the amazing video.
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it is finally election day. here's what you need to know before you head out to the polls. all voters in virginia and first time voters in maryland will be required to show some form of identification. there are at least 30 forms of valid i.d., including an i.d.
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card from your employer. it does not have to be a photo i.d. election officials in d.c., maryland, and virginia agree the best time of day to avoid long lines at the polls between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. >> we anticipate that people will -- that there will be a large volume of people as we start the day off in voting, but we definitely think that that will calm down by noon. >> and don't forget polls opening and closing times vary from state to state. virginia opens at 6:00 a.m. d.c. and maryland open at 7:00 a.m. if you are not sure about the questions on your ballot, make sure to check out our voting guide at nbcwashington.com. the battleground state getting the most attention this election has to be ohio. it won't necessarily be the state that decides the presidential race. virginia could end up being a
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scale. the white states on this map are still considered a toss-up according to nbc news. there are scenarios where it all comes down to the commonwealth. if the president, for example, wins nevada, and he wins iowa, and he wins pennsylvania, and mitt romney then wins colorado, new hampshire, and florida, that leaves three toss-ups. that's wisconsin, ohio, and virginia. if the candidates split ohio and wisconsin, that leaves virginia. and that could be the key to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win. and the final nbc news/wall street journal poll has the candidates in a statistical dead heat in that race. apparently, today's election will not be the big talk around the water cooler today in our office. really nice job, eun. >> are you laughing at me? >> no. that was well done. about two-thirds of american workers say they don't share
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their political affiliation at the office. and more than a quarter of workers say they need to keep their political beliefs a secret around their colleagues. have you threatened to leave the country if your candidate doesn't win? jet blue can help you out with that. the airline is giving away 2012 seats to customers who support the losing presidential candidate. that's 1,006 round trip flights. you can enter on the airline's website. they don't include taxes, fees, or a hotel, of course. even if you don't win that contest, you can get plenty of free stuff just by voting. you can have all your meals covered starting with breakfast at einstein brothers. it will give you a bagel and a schmear -- that's a fun word. if you wear your i voted sticker, they'll give you that. check out the restaurant's website for participating locations. for lunch, california tortilla is giving away free tacos to anybody that wears that sticker.
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and for dinner at z-burger, you can get a free burger for wearing your i voted sticker. if it's fallen off, say z-vote to the cashier. check out this terrifying video from north texas. three people are lucky to be alive after this close call of a small engine plane clips the top of an suv right there. it's about to land. a flight instructor who works out of the airport says both the driver and pilot are to blame. he says the driver did not follow a stop sign, and the pilot was coming in too low. >> i think it probably should be marked. obviously, they knew they were going to the airport. that was the attraction for them to come out here. so they should have looked before they crossed the runway. he's looking on down the runway a little too low on his approach. i think he should have been a little higher on the approach. >> this was a pilot's first solo flight. he was about a month away from getting his pilot's license, but he's now given up flying completely. a trainer is dead after
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being mauled by a bear in montana. he worked at a facility that trained animals for movies. he was reportedly cleaning the bear's enclosure when one of the animals attacked him on sunday. police say there were no defensive wounds on hands or arms and did not use the bear spray he was attack. investigators say he may have fallen and hit his head before being killed. he did die of bite and claw wounds that hit his major arteries. anne arundel county police have quite a surprise waiting for them when they made a drug bust inside his home. they discovered a three-foot alligator. they raided a home on glean eagle drive in jessup. they found the gator along with close to half a pound of marijuana with a street value of $3,100. police arrested michael golden and charged him with intent to distribute illegal drugs. >> it is 5:21. time for weather and traffic on the ones. >> storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here. first widespread freeze of the season all across maryland, virginia, into west virginia.
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all these areas in dark blue are below freezing. even a few spots have hit the upper teens out in the highlands and the far eastern parts of west virginia. it all comes down to 21 there. and reagan national on the warmer waters of the potomac at 35, and it's in the mid-30s right around the bay waters. don't have to go too far away from the waters. 20s through most of the region. as we go forward the next couple of days, today we'll have lots of sunshine. a developing area of coastal low pressure brings rain tomorrow morning. this is at 5:00 wednesday morning. chilly rain on the eastern shore with blustery winds. then as we get into wednesday thursday afternoon, might get a rain/snow mix. does look like mostly east of i-95 areas of washington west, just some clouds around, and we'll have the rain/snow mix off and on during the evening hours and ending wednesday morning. we'll get sun back on thursday and looking like a pleasant thursday as we get into the
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weekend. storm team 4 forecast, highs reaching upper 30s. great voting weather. after the storm passes by, we'll get the sunshine back thursdays into the weekend. into the 60s maybe on saturday, sunday, and monday. danella, good morning. how's traffic? still watching the situation in gainesville. first 4 traffic traveling southbound. prince william parkway closed between i-66 and sudley drive. if you're traveling i-66, you should take 234 sudley instead. let's head over to i-95 northbound lanes. as you make your way north of 610, an accident on the shoulder there. traveling the rest of northbound 95, it's smooth, nice and clear. no major delays just yet. i want to show you what back lick road looks like. nice and clear as you continue to the beltway and connect to 395. taking the rails, no reported delays. metro, marc, vre all running on or close to schedule. aaron, over to you. >> thank you, danella. speaking of metro, an apology this morning from the transit agency for closing its doors early over the weekend.
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metro trains stopped running an hour earlier than they were supposed to. that left a lot of folks in the cold late at night wut a way to get home. metro issued a statement apologizing to customers for the inconvenience. 5:20 now. in news 4 your health, the department of health is responsible for a co-worker responsible for an outbreak of hepatitis c. police arrested a medical technician for tampering with needles and infected more than 30 people at the baltimore va medical center. the patient was not hospitalized for the infection and has survived. congress will hold hearings next week to learn more about the deadly meningitis outbreak. the commissioner of the food and drug administration will testify before both houses of congress. a new england compounding center is linked to the deadly outbreak. the outbreak is responsible for 419 reported infections and 30 deaths across 19 states, including two deaths in virginia and one in maryland. men, listen up. taking a multivitamin may not do
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anything to help your heart. that's according to a new study by brigham women's hospital in boston. researchers followed 14,000 middle aged male doctors over a decade. half took multivitamins, but after the study, those men showed no difference in the rate of heart disease. the men who took multivitamins did, however, have an 8% lower rate of cancer than those that did not take the vitamins. we spend roughly one-third of our lives in the bedroom. so it is no surprise that, when things aren't healthy there, our whole lives can be affected. doctors say your bedroom should be a sanctuary, a relaxing place to let your mind and body recover. one way to make that happen, remove all the clutter and electronics like tvs, computers, and even digital clocks. get them out of the bedroom. >> everything out of the room. make it really simple. all of a sudden, they can breathe better. >> dr. wiser says another helpful tip is keep the room very dark and don't forget to wash your sheets and pillows at least once a week in hot water.
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it won't cost you a wing and a leg to buy your thanksgiving turkey this year. that's because many retailers locked in their costs before this year's drought drove up u.s. feed prices. prices for frozen turkeys have barely moved in recent weeks. aaron likes that one. frozen turkeys were selling for $1.62 a pound in september. that's up from $1.57 a pound at the same time two years ago. retailers are determined to keep prices for the traditional thanksgiving main course as low as possible even though sky high corn prices have nearly doubled the cost of producing a pound of turkey meat this year. i have to give a shout out to my dad. he makes a really good turkey. he cooks it every thanksgiving. nice and moist. he stays up and bastes it. he does a good job. >> have you ever had fried turkey? >> i haven't. >> try it. i was pleasantly surprised. >> you don't have to sell me on fried anything. i'm done now. coming up, your weather and traffic together on the ones. >> and we break down some key issues on the maryland ballot
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from same sex marriage to expanded gambling in the state. [ earnest ] out of the blue one day, we were told to build a 30-foot stage. gathered the guys and we built that 30-foot stage, not knowing what it was for. just days later, all three shifts were told to assemble in the warehouse. a group of people walked out on that stage
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and told us that the plant is now closed and all of you are fired... i looked both ways, i looked at the crowd, and...we all just lost our jobs. we don't have an income. mitt romney made over 100 million dollars by shutting down our plant and devastated our lives. turns out that when we built that stage, it was like building my own coffin, and it just made me sick. [ male announcer ] priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising.
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reagan national now at 35. those clouds will be with us on and off throughout the morning, but sunshine later today as a developing air of coastal pressure gets closer to it. for the morning hours, by 7:00 a.m., still freezing conditions in the upper 20s to around 30. thankfully, a calm wind. noontime, mid-40s. sunrise 6:41. sunset at 5:02. by then back down into the low 40s. thankfully throughout the day, we'll have just a light wind. i'll be back in ten minutes with another hometown forecast, and we'll take a look at our first 4 traffic for this election day morning with danella now. good morning. >> good morning. thanks, tom. checking the roadways for you, if you're traveling along 60, between annapolis and the capital beltway, very light volume. a live look as you make your way past 301. very quiet. inbound, not bad at all as you connect to new york avenue. you're accident free. let's head over to the dulles
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toll road. earlier, as you head westbound at hunter mill road, construction there is gone. and heading east to the beltway, you're at 57 miles per hour, just a six-minute drive. things moving without issue. traveling on i-270, starting to see issues southbound at 109 heavy on the brakes. not bad in germantown, clear to the beltway. eun, over to you. >> danella, thank you. it all comes down to today. after months of nonstop campaigning, election day is finally here. voters will begin casheirting t ballots about a half hour from now in the most expensive race in this country's history. nbc's tracie potts is live in cincinnati, the city that may hold the key to who wins. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: eun, good morning. an hour until the polls open here, and actually about a third of the electorate, almost a third, 1.6 million people already voted here across the state of ohio. president obama wrapped things up last night in iowa. his message there was that he's
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not finished, that he wants to continue for another four years. iowa, of course, gave him a big victory four years ago and really catapulted his campaign to victory in 2008. meantime, governor romney last night wrapped things up in new hampshire, where he won a big victory earlier this year. governor romney saying he was surprised himself. it was a huge crowd, 12,000 people packed in an arena with thousands more outside last night. those were their final messages. but these were their final messages to ohio. >> this is not just a choice between two candidates or two parties. it's a choice between two different visions of america. >> this is an exciting time, and your voices are being heard all over the nation, and they're being heard loud and clear and into my heart. >> reporter: now, it wouldn't be an election day if we didn't mention tiny dixville notch up in northern new hampshire. they voted just after midnight.
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for the first time ever in their voting history, they had a tie. five people voted for president obama. five people voted for governor romney. >> maybe a sign of things to come. tracie potts live in cincinnati for us. tracie, thank you. there are three major referendum questions on maryland's ballot today. we want to make sure you know exactly what those questions are going in today. here's a look at them. questions 4, 6, and 7. we're going to start here with question 7 on expanding gambling. it is basically asking you two things that you want to be thinking about. first, do you think the state's casinos should be allowed to have table games? quite simply, that is the question. here is question number two. do you think a casino should be built in prince george's county, raising the number in the state from five to six? you answer both questions for or against at one time. then there is the next question six on the same-sex marriage issue. it's already been passed into law, but it needs approval from voters to be fully enacted.
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here you are either for or against the law. couple of quick details. the law allows gay and lesbian couples to get a marriage license and allows religious institutions to decide if they will perform ceremonies for those couples. finally, there is question four for you to consider, the d.r.e.a.m. act as it's known. a law that makes illegal immigrants eligible for in-state tuition at four year colleges provided they pay taxes, have permanent residency, and complete a certain number of credit hours. >> another question on the maryland ballot was inspired by a corruption scandal in prince george's county. it was spear headed after former council executive leslie johnson was convicted. initially, she refused to resign from office.
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eventually, she did step down. the question is a politician will automatically step down from office after be pleading guilty. kwame brown resigned from the council back in june after admitting he gave false information on applications to obtain two bank loans worth more than $200,000. voters will cast their ballots for d.c. council member phil mendelson or democratic challenger calvin gurley. the winner will complete brown's term which runs through january 22nd, 2013. that means another race will take place in 2014. senate candidates tim kaine and george allen will vote right after polls open. kaine and his wife will vote in richmond. allen and his wife are casting their vote in alexandria and will travel to several precincts in the commonwealth.
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polls show kaine has a slight lead over allen. >> and virginiians can start voting in that race in less than 30 minutes. polls in the commonwealth open at 6:00 this morning. they close at 7:00 tonight. in d.c. and maryland, polls open an hour later at 7:00 a.m. they close an hour later as well at 8:00. news 4 is working for you as voters head to the polls. for details on questions on your ballot, check out our voting guide. it's really well done, i have to say. it's at nbcwashington.com. we have updated numbers for you from that suicide car bombing in baghdad. 27 people have now died. 50 people are hurt. initial reports we told you about. these new numbers are coming from a hospital spokesman where many of the victims were taken. at the live desk, melissa mollet, news 4. 5:37 is our time right now. still ahead this morning on election day, there were already
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allegations of voter fraud in our area. then people are digging out of the snow after sandy. we'll see if election monitors are ready for voters in garrett county. charlie rose: will you endorse president obama?
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colin powell: yes. when he took over we were in one of the... worst recessions we had seen in recent times... close to a depression. and i saw, over the next several years, stabilization... come back in the financial community. housing is starting to pick up. the president saved the auto industry. and the actions he's taken with respect to... protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid. and so, i think we ought to keep on the track that we are on. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message.
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[monotone] she says, "switch to progressive and you could save hundreds." call or click today. this is garrett county, maryland, where folks are hoping the lights will finally come back on since sandy dropped three feet of snow in parts of west virginia last week. amazing. they hope to have the power back on by the end of the day today. the board of elections says all voting sites do have power. shouldn't be any issues for voterss kaing ballots once they get there in that three feet of snow. >> got to track through some of the mess that's left over. time for weather and traffic on the ones. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein with a look at our forecast. be glad you have power. we've got temperatures down into the 20s. most of virginia, maryland, and
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west virginia. the only place above freezing right near the bay waters and the tidal potomac. fairfax county still above freezing. we'll have sunshine there. partly cloudy to sunny by noontime. for the entire region, here's the hour by hour forecast. thankfully, a light wind. by midafternoon, we should be climbing into the upper 40s. by late afternoon, back down to the low 40s. great weather for getting out and votes on this election day 2012. the latest on the coastal storm. seven day outlook in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? >> good morning. first 4 traffic watching the accident in gainesville. closes prince william parkway between balls ford road and sudley manor drive. avoid it right now as they work to clear that accident. hazmat has been called to the scene of that crash. let's check the beltway traveling the inner loop and outer loop.
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no major delays just yet, no accidents. checking travel speeds as you make your way from van dorn to the wilson bridge. you can see crossing the wilson bridge in both directions. picking up in volume, no major delays. travel speeds at 62 miles per hour. seven minutes to get from van dorn street to the wilson bridge. >> thank you, danella. 5:33. 36 degrees. coming up, voters plan to head to the polls in maryland. we'll check out key ballot questions in a live report. >> plus reopening
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14 before the 6:00 hour. a little more than an hour from now, maryland voters can head to the polls. folks in the old line state will vote on several issues. news 4's tony tull is live with more. tony, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we have seven questions on the maryland ballot, all very
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important. as you mentioned just a moment ago, we have three very important ones we're going to talk about. the first one here, question four, the maryland d.r.e.a.m. act. that's going to tell whether undocumented students will pay in-state tuition if they have graduated high school here in maryland and their parents pay action at that taxes. that was a senate bill pass the in 2011. the next question, question six, civil marriage protection act. that's going to allow gay and lesbian couples to get married. back in march, governor martin o'malley signed a bill legalizing that. opponents fired back very quickly in june. they got a petition going with enough signatures to put it on the november ballot. here they are voting tooday on that. maryland, question seven, the gaming expansion, will that expand commercial gaming in maryland? it's supposed to go to education. it will allow the video lottery
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facility in prince george's county. these are very, very important in maryland. this poll is set to open at 7:00 a.m. also, tom, you mentioned the weathers and how cold it is. you were here when we got here at 5:30. you were one of the first ones in line. you were here last year. why is it so important you got here this early? >> i was here in 2008. the line wrapped around. we're excited. there's a lot of issues at hand. no matter how cold it is, we're here. we're here to vote for the issues and support the president. >> thank you for your time. these polls here in prince george's county open at 7:00 a.m. we're waiting for the county executive to come out here at 6:00 a.m. to meet some of the voters. we're going to stay on top of this all morning long. we'll check in with you, eun and aaron, as soon as they show up. back to you. it is now 5:48. reports of voter fraud this morning in key swing states, including virginia. voting rights advocates say
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robocalls are incorrectly telling voters they can cast ballots over the phone. these phone calls are being made primarily to black voters. the news 4 i-team is on voter patrol. if you see a problem at the polls, call 202-885-4444 or e-mail them at tips@news4iteam.com. be sure to give us your name and number and the location of the problem. we know virginia is home to what will be one of the most watched senate races today. but a showdown in missouri has also become one of the most compelling in the country. it pits incumbent claire mcaskill against republican todd akin. akin was cut off by the republican party after making national news for controversial comments on, quote, legitimate race. despite that firestorm, akin says he is encouraged. >> we're seeing it go very well because of the high level of enthusiasm we're seeing all over the state. we see it to some degree in the
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number of yard signs, but mostly in the meetings we go to and the sense of urgency with the volunteers. actually, that's what gives me the most hope for having a very good day. >> mcaskill says her campaign will knock on more than 100,000 doors today to try to help voters see the true issues of the race. it is not going to be an easy day for vote erds and election officials in new york city with so many areas still without power because of sandy. officials are doing what they can, and at least one new jersey county, ballots were delivered to emergency shelters. governor andrew cuomo signed an executive order that allows voters to cast provisional ballots at any open polling location. the world trade center memorial is reopening today. the visitors center and a private entrance room for victims' families were damaged by water from sandy. some areas are still under constructi construction. a memorial spokesperson says the water has been pumped out and the damage is fixed. eight days after sandy devastated seaside communities
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in new jersey, one of them is asking residents to leave their homes again because of the upcoming nor'easter. brick, new jersey, issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents in low lying areas. the community will get more than an inch of rain and wind gusts as strong as 55 miles per hour. about 75,000 people live there. as of last night, utility companies were still working to restore electricity to about 12,000 residents who lost power from sandy. at 5:51 is, let's turn right to storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein on both the storm coming our way and the frigid cold we had to deal with this morning. >> starting off cold, better news for the new jersey coast and new york city area with the nor'east nor'easter. it does look like it's going to be tracking farther east. it is cold. the coldest morning, widespread freeze of the season. all around the region, down into the 20s thankfully. we don't have much wind at all. the only places above freezing are right on the tidal potomac and right on the bay. as we take a look at what's
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happening over the next several hours, we have just a few clouds passing in from the west. these clouds in southern virginia, the carolinas, the leading edge of the coastal storm that is still taking shape. it's all associated with a spin on the midlevel of the area producing some rain. does look like that system yesterday and the day before does look like it's going to track right near the coast is going to be farther out to sea. as a result, the impacts will be much smaller for us. let's break it down hour by hour here. tuesday to 3:00 p.m. we'll still have quite a bit of sunshine as the storm does begin to form off the atlantic coast. it will rapidly deepen and bring some rain and wind along does look like the eastern shore, shoreline may have gusts 40 to 50 miles an hour with chilly rain. this is 5:00 tomorrow morning. during the day on wednesday, we'll have that precipitation pushing west, meeting some cold air, changing over with a little wet snow here in this lavender
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zone. parts of the northern and eastern shore, maybe around the bay. generally, the precipitation remains east of i-95. this is the position as of 1:00 on wednesday afternoon. then wednesday evening it does look like a lot of that precipitation changing over to a little wet snow, probably not much accumulation on the eastern shore. then it moves away and tracks up toward eastern new england rather than towards the jersey coast and the new york city area. storm team 4 four-day forecast will be chilly. after that storm goes by wednesday, we will dry out and have sunshine each day thursday through the weekend with a warming trend all the way into veterans day observed on monday. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning. right now checking on a couple issues in virginia. first let's start with route 1, richmond highway at central avenue. one lane gets by in both directions because of the accident in that area. police and fire on the scene. shooting over to gainesville, still seeing prince william parkway closed at balls ford
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road and sudley manor drive. accident here, tractor-trailer. hazmat cleanup happening here. again, it may take time to clear. let's head over to i-66 eastbound as you approach the beltway. crash moved to the right shoulder lane. excuse me. the left shoulder lane. that's good because your travel lanes are open. from fairfax county parkway to the beltway, not bad. just an 11-minute drive. if you're still checking the rails, all are running on or close to schedule. 5:54 now. some d.c. leaders saying newer l speed camera fines that went into effect yesterday still aren't effective. they pointed out the fines for going 15 miles per hour over the limit, which is now $100, is a bit more than the $40 penalty in maryland. police say the cameras have reduced traffic deaths. 5:54 right now. who wins the presidential election could affect the future
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of wall street. cnbc's shartia brantley live with that story and more. >> good morning, aaron. stock futures are slightly higher today after markets didn't lose much on yesterday. investors appear to not want to make any major decisions ahead of the outcome of today's election. market watchers are weighing on which sectors could do well under either a mitt romney or barack obama presidency. for mitt romney, banks could fare best as he may try to roll back financial reforms. as for obama, they say health care in green energy companies may perform well. wall street may actually prefer to have a democrat in the white house. since 1901, the dow has averaged a 74% return during a democrat's term compared to a 47% return when the gop has occupied the oval office. and retail news. staples plans to install amazon lockers in all of its u.s. stores. amazon customers will be able to have packages sent there to
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avoid a lengthy wait at home to avoid a misdelivery. here's how it works. amazon will send you an e-mail with the pickup code. you enter the code on a touchscreen, and the locker will open. get ready to fork over a "c" note the next time you head over to the airport. starting today, spirit airlines will impose a $100 carry-on fee each way for passengers who end up checking bags at the gate. that's double what spirit had been charging. the fee applies to both u.s. and international flights. so everyone remember to pack lightly. >> always some good advice. shartia brantley at cnbc. thank you. sharon osborne reveals she once had a double mastectomy despite never getting a breast cancer diagnosis. she found out she has a gene that increases her risk for developing breast cancer. osborne has already undergone colon cancer.
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she calls the decision to undergo a mastectomy a no brainer and is happy to be enjoying life as a grandparent. 34 states and d.c. allow people to cast their ballots before today. a lot of folks took advantage of that. more than 31 million people voted early, including close to 1 million voters in our areas. maryland released the demographi demographics. 61% were registered as democrats, while 32% were registered as republicans. graphicommercial ads may lo different after tomorrow. >> president, what about your first term tells me another four years would be better? >> more than 1 million presidential ads have been cast since june. that's 39% more than in 2008 and 41% more than in 2004. tomorrow they'll be gone. it is 5:57 right now. the unusual step ahead, coming up, one of the presidential candidates is taking on election
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day. and dozens of people already lined up to be among the first in the nation to vote. at 6:00, we lay out the scenario that could make virginia the deciding factor in this race.
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